Category Archives: spirituality

Dystopian Fantasy

Nowadays, dystopia is the rage. Books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner seem written for the sole purpose of being turned into movies, with a concerted effort to engage today’s youth into the idea that life, and the future, are … Continue reading

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Why Group Prayer Isn’t the Only, or Best Option

Although it’s been years since I’ve been in a regular church situation, I can still conjure up the feelings of dread I felt at “prayer time,” sitting around a circle (we’re told it’s “intimate”) and sharing details about our lives. The worst part was … Continue reading

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If We Don’t Forgive Others, Does God Ignore Us?

Too many Christians spend too much time trying to placate a God who will not be satisfied with anything they do, simply because He dislikes them so much. Despite this being an inaccurate understanding of the intimate relationship between a loving, … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Is Difficult

Forgiveness. We all know we’re supposed to do it, we feel bad when we don’t, and sometimes it’s easier to just not think about it. But forgiveness is such a crucial element to Christianity — because it’s a major factor … Continue reading

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I Really Did Learn Something in Algebra Class

Like many others who struggled through algebra and its highbrow cousins in school and wondered how they would ever be useful in my life, I have successfully lived that life without advanced mathematics. Not that it was totally useless — aside from being a mind-stretching exercise … Continue reading

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Fox, Facebook, Fear and Freedom — Go For Door Number 4

Christians are some of the most fearful people I know. Well, let me rephrase that: people who call themselves Christians, judge their spirituality by church attendance, and rely upon Facebook postings and Fox News for keeping up on what’s happening … Continue reading

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Following Christ, not Human Figureheads

For no other reason than that I don’t want to be cranky and unhappy, I try to go through life not getting too exasperated by annoying issues, but the other day, I snapped. It was with extreme irritation that I … Continue reading

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Tired of Worrying — about Everything?

The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-41 is a familiar one to many, especially women. The other day, I even ran across the term, “Martha Syndrome,” which I’m sure I have, because of a pronounced tendency (according to every … Continue reading

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When Life Hurts, and We Feel Alone

Life is hard, and it frequently hurts — whether or not we are Christians. (We eclipse that fact, you know — many Christians act as if, because they know the story of Jesus and read about Him in the Bible, … Continue reading

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When We Believe Everything We’re Told, We’re Turkeys to Be Plucked

Recently, at an online social media site, I saw a photo of a man, gruesomely disfigured, with the statement: “Stop! Don’t just ignore this! Pray for this man, and Share (1 Share equals 100 prayers).” Various people had written prayers underneath … Continue reading

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